Are you searching for a low calorie, zero sugar energy drink with health benefits?
Starting a weight loss journey often hits this first obstacle: cutting out or reducing sugar. The problem we all have is that we love our coffee with sugar and we just need that caffeine drink in the morning.
One way to make your morning drink healthier is to simply drink your coffee black. Another way is to make a matcha drink.
Matcha is basically green tea but more concentrated. Matcha is the powder of green tea leaves. Instead of steeping your green tea (infusion) you can dissolve the powder in liquid, making the green tea drink even more powerful.
Matcha Iced Latte for Weight Loss
The matcha drink is only about 45 calories, so it’s perfect for weight loss. But if you add sweeteners to it or use cow’s milk the calories will increase significantly and the drink will not be a healthy weight loss latte anymore.
This drink tastes like concentrated green tea and is a little bit bitter. If you’re used to highly sugary drinks but want to wean yourself off those, here is how you can transition to a healthier caffeinated morning (or afternoon) drink:
Use more milk (2 cups) for 1 teaspoon of matcha powder (0r use only 1/2 teaspoon of the matcha in 1 cup of almond milk) to dissolve the bitterness a bit. Then use 1 or 2 teaspoons of maple syrup to sweeten your drink. If this mixture is pleasing to you, keep the ratio for a few days.
Then decrease the maple syrup to 1 teaspoon per drink and enjoy this mixture for another few days until it tastes good to you. Your taste buds will slowly start to adapt and the less sweetened drink will start to taste sweeter to you. Just give it time and stay consistent.
Next, you can use 1.5 cups of almond milk and 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup. Additionally, try adding a pack of stevia to it (which is a zero calorie, safe, natural sweetener). This ratio contains 72 calories and 2.8g sugar. You can stick with this ratio if you like or keep progressing towards the recipe below.
The goal is to transition slowly so you give your body time to get used to enjoying a more natural and earthy taste. It is better to take a step backwards and not rush it then to give up altogether.
If you feel like this drink tastes too earthy or bitter, but you still want to enjoy the benefits of matcha, refer to the "matcha iced latte for weight loss" section for recipe adjustments. You can also make this recipe hot: Heat the milk , then add the matcha powder, don't add ice (duh), and whisk.
Serving Size: 1 glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.8gProtein: 2g
If you feel like this drink tastes too earthy or bitter, but you still want to enjoy the benefits of matcha, refer to the "matcha iced latte for weight loss" section for recipe adjustments.
You can also make this recipe hot: Heat the milk , then add the matcha powder, don't add ice (duh), and whisk.